Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

  "What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year."  -  Vern McLellan

My Christmas wasn't white...I didn't mind a bit. :)

I spent time in Arizona with family.  We hiked, a lot, took an ATV tour, a train ride and of course I took way too many pictures...  

After a while my pictures all seemed to look the same.  I had more than enough gorgeous, red mountain snapshots.  I needed a different perspective.  So I started looking at the parts which make up the landscape, rocks that bulged out, red dirt, the so very blue sky, the white sycamore trees...and then the moon (not quite full on this day) popped out over a mountain...and disappeared again... 

Did I mention I was on a train at this point?  The train was winding around the beautiful mountains, obviously moving, and I was stationary and hoping at least a few pictures out of the couple of hundred I took this day would be in focus.  Then, on the return trip, I briefly see the moon.  The sun, low and directly opposite the moon , created a deep blue sky for a background, even without a polarizer (a whole story in and of itself).  A perfect picture, if the moon made another appearance...

I stood on the outside observatory car waiting as the scenery was passing by, hoping the moon and mountains would come together in some sort of pleasing way.  Zoomed out to 70mm (Is that even considered zoomed out?) the train passed close to a mountain and the moon popped into view again.  I took a shot...or two... 

I am glad I waited. 

I also tried something I haven't done in a while, I added a texture in the blue sky which I made from photographs of the red rocks.  I think the whole image looks a little other-worldly...  :)

I hope your Holidays were wonderful.

Today I am joining in on the last Scene and Story link-up with Sarah and Lee, where we share a favorite image from the previous month and the story behind it.  Thank you ladies for hosting the link-up! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Stay warm!  And have a beautiful day!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."  -  Helen Keller

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Last of the Fall Colors

"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go."  -  unknown

I kept looking out the window as I was washing the breakfast dishes.  I wanted to get outside. 

Monday, November 6, 2017


"Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie"  -  Jim Davis

"Aren't they beautiful?" The off-the-clock employee commented, as she stopped to admire them with me on her way out the door.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Some Little Things...

"I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder."  -  Ansel Adams

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Foggy Morning

"Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves that all of life is not black and 
white."  -  Jonathon Lockwood Huie

The morning fog didn't last long, but it was long enough to get me thinking...

Thursday, October 12, 2017


"...and all at once, summer collapsed into fall."
 -  Oscar Wilde

There is a slight chill in the air...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

On Safari...Sort Of

"Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is."  
-  Anonymous

Going on an African safari has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.